Thursday, March 31, 2016

Griffith uses 3D tissue engineering to revolutionise dental disease

The discomfort and stigma of loose or missing teeth could be a thing of the past as Griffith University researchers pioneer the use of 3D bioprinting to replace missing teeth and bone.

The three-year study, which has been granted a National Health and Medical Research Council Grant of $650,000, is being undertaken by periodontist Professor Saso Ivanovski from Griffith’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland.

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Professor Saso Ivanovski (Photo credit: Griffith University)

As part of an Australian first, Professor Ivanovski and his team are using the latest 3D bioprinting to produce new, totally ‘bespoke,’ tissue engineered bone and gum that can be implanted into a patient’s jawbone.

“The groundbreaking approach begins with a scan of the affected jaw, prior to the design of a replacement part using computer-assisted design,” he says.

“A specialised bioprinter, which is set at the correct physiological temperature (in order to avoid destroying cells and proteins) is then able to successfully fabricate the gum structures that have been lost to disease—bone, ligament and tooth cementum—in one single process. The cells, the extracellular matrix and other components that make up the bone and gum tissue are all included in the construct and can be manufactured to exactly fit the missing bone and gum for a particular individual.

“In the case of people with missing teeth who have lost a lot of jawbone due to disease or trauma, they would usually have these replaced with dental implants,” he says.

“However, in many cases there is not enough bone for dental implant placement, and bone grafts are usually taken from another part of the body, usually their jaw, but occasionally it has to be obtained from their hip or skull.

“These procedures are often associated with significant pain, nerve damage and postoperative swelling, as well as extended time off work for the patient,” says Professor Ivanovski. “In addition, this bone is limited in quantity.

A less invasive method

“By using this sophisticated tissue engineering approach, we can instigate a much less invasive method of bone replacement. A big benefit for the patient is that the risks of complications using this method will be significantly lower because bone doesn’t need to be removed from elsewhere in the body. We also won’t have the problem of limited supply that we have when using the patient’s own bone.”

Currently in pre-clinical trials, Professor Ivanovski says the aim is to trial the new technology in humans within the next one to two years.

Regarding the anticipated cost of treatment, he said that this should be a less costly way of augmenting deficient jaw bone, with the saving expected to be passed onto the patient.

Studying dentistry at Griffith Dental School

Completing a Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science and Griffith Dental School’s two-year Graduate Diploma of Dentistry program provides the education and skills you need to apply for registration as a dentist.

The Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science offers a new, innovative curriculum where students will receive real clinical exposure from the first year of study, and will work alongside oral health professionals who are world experts in their field.

Program: Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science/Graduate Diploma of Dentistry
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: September 29, 2016 (TBC)

Entry requirements
To be eligible to apply to Griffith Dental School’s Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science, applicants must have
  • academic achievement in year 12 or equivalent with one of biological science, chemistry, physics, or maths B;
  • demonstration of English proficiency.

University of Sydney excels in latest QS Rankings

The University of Sydney has cemented its position as a global leader in research and educational excellence in the 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Thirty-two of the university’s subjects were ranked in the top 50 globally, of which nine were ranked in the top 20.

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Sydney veterinary science was ranked ninth in the world and number one in Australia, while three other subjects also shared the number one national ranking: Architecture/Built Environment (17 globally), Medicine (17), and Nursing (13).

The prestigious rankings are regarded as the most comprehensive global comparison of universities at individual subject level.

The results highlighted the university’s strengths in subjects across all the disciplines ranked, including Law (11), Education (16), Accounting and Finance (18), Geography (22), English Language and Literature (20) and Engineering – Civil and Structural (20). For the first time, Philosophy entered the top 50 globally with a rank of 37 worldwide.

Across the board, the university was ranked among the world’s elite institutions, with 41 of the 42 subjects assessed achieving a rating in the top 100 globally.

To compile the rankings, QS evaluated 4,226 universities, qualified 2,691 universities and ranked 945 institutions in total. The process included analysing more than 113 million citations, and verifying the provision of more than 15,530 programs.

Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence said it was very pleasing to see the University of Sydney show global leadership in the latest world rankings.

“The results confirm Sydney’s place among the world’s top research and educational institutions, and are testament to the hard work and distinction of our staff, students and alumni.

“The University of Sydney has maintained its excellence in the face of increasing competition on the world stage, and continues to demonstrate strength across its diverse breadth of academic areas.”

About the Griffith School of Pharmacy

Based on the Gold Coast campus, the Griffith School of Pharmacy is known for its innovative teaching that produces highly sought after graduates in pharmacy and pharmaceutical science. With the opening of the Gold Coast University Hospital—Australia’s first public university hospital and located next to the new Griffith Health Centre—students are ideally placed to gain practical work place experience as part of multidisciplinary teams.

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The school’s 400 partners offer clinical and research placement opportunities for students on the Gold Coast, in rural Australia and overseas. The newest of these includes a placement rotation through Indonesia where students experience hospital, community and industrial pharmacy, and a hospital/research placement in Singapore. These activities reflect the strong partnerships that the School of Pharmacy has with clinical and research centres around the world.

Griffith’s School of Pharmacy was the first pharmacy school in Australia to introduce Stage 1 Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy training, giving graduates an advantage when developing their career in medication management. The school also introduced vaccination training for students in 2013, ahead of the Queensland Government trial.

With outstanding facilities such as a professional practice laboratory with model dispensary and a dedicated formulations lab and aseptic dispensing unit, supportive staff and active student organisations, the Griffith School of Pharmacy offers students an exciting opportunity to learn pharmacy and pharmaceutical science in a vibrant world-class environment.

Griffith University Bachelor of Pharmacy

The Griffith School of Pharmacy has purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities, including a professional practice laboratory with a model dispensary, a dedicated formulation laboratory, aseptic dispensing unit and research laboratories. As a result, Griffith Bachelor of Pharmacy graduates are work-ready with the knowledge and skills valued in both industry and health care.

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: February and July
Program duration: 4 years
Application Deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. It is recommended that you apply as early as possible.

Entry Requirements
To be eligible to apply to the Griffith University Bachelor of Pharmacy, applicants must have a high school diploma with a minimum of 76% average with Grade 12 math B and one of biology, chemistry or physics. If applying after having partially or fully completed post-secondary studies, applicants need to have a minimum of 76% cumulative GPA to be considered.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Governor-General opens new wing at University of Queensland King’s College

A new residential wing at King’s College within the University of Queensland was officially opened on March 19.

Designed by Wilson Architects, the Wensley Wing was completed by BADGE Constructions late last year at a cost of $6.9 million.

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New Wensley Wing at UQ King’s College (Photo credit: UQ)

King’s College Master and Chief Executive Mr Greg Eddy said the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), and Lady Cosgrove, opened the wing.

“The state-of-the-art wing accommodates 38 students, and had study and communal areas,” Mr Eddy said.

“The College vision is to be Australia’s pre-eminent Residential College, which will enable diverse and innovative young men to serve and pursue individual excellence.

“The feedback from students has been extremely positive.”

Mr Eddy said the new wing was part of a major project, which included the refurbishment of the entry to the college and the expansion of the Old Collegians’ Learning Centre.

The Wensley Wing is named in honour of the late Robert Wensley QC, a Kingsman who was involved in all aspects of College throughout his life, including the Students’ Club, College Council, Foundation and Board of Fellows.

He was a member of the Senate of the University of Queensland from 1978, was elected Deputy Chancellor in 1999, 2002 and 2005, and served until 2007.

He was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws in recognition of his services to the university.

Accommodation at the University of Queensland

UQ St Lucia’s on-campus accommodation consists of 10 residential colleges that are home to more than 2,500 students from Australia and overseas. UQ Gatton accommodates 436 students on campus in the Halls of Residence.

The colleges are located within easy walking distance of all university facilities and provide academic support, social, cultural and sporting activities and the opportunity to build networks and friendships that will last a lifetime. Most residential colleges provide full catering for undergraduate students and either full or some self-catering options for postgraduate students.

Aside from the convenience of having every university facility and service only minutes away, there are other great advantages living at a residential college:
  • Supportive staff and secure premises
  • Academic tutorial programs and peer group support
  • The opportunity to meet other students
  • An active sporting, cultural and social life, and
  • College scholarships, prizes and bursaries
Life at a residential college aims to complement university life, not only academically, but also in the cultural, sporting and social fields.

Melbourne MD application timeline announced

Melbourne MD application timeline for 2017 Intake

  • Application deadline: June 23, 2016
  • Last date to sit MCAT for 2017 intake: June 2, 2016
  • Last date to submit MCAT results: July 16, 2016
  • Interview offers released: August 15, 2016
  • Deadline to accept interview (online acceptance): August 20, 2016
  • Interviews (via Skype): August 29 – September 2, 2016
  • Applicants not shortlisted for interview notified: September 12 – 16, 2016
  • Offers of admission begin to be issued: October 21, 2016
  • Deadline to accept offer or submit deferral request: November 5, 2016
  • Deadline to meet any conditions of offer: November 11, 2016
  • Enrollment deadline for non-conditional offered applicants: December 16, 2016
  • Enrollment deadline for conditional offered applicants: January 12, 2017
  • First day of class: TBA
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About the Melbourne Doctor of Medicine Program

The Melbourne MD is a four-year, graduate-entry medical program that builds on the University of Melbourne’s reputation for excellence in teaching and research. It enables students to become outstanding medical practitioners who will excel as world-class leaders in their chosen field.

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: June 23, 2016

Entry Requirements for the Melbourne MD Program

To apply to the Melbourne MD, eligible Canadian applicants must have
  • successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline at a recognized university;
  • completed prerequisite second-year university subjects (one each) in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. Subjects from overseas universities will be considered on a case-by-case basis; and
  • completed the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or the Graduate Australian Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT).
The selection of eligible international applicants is based on the following:
  • Academic record: grade point average (GPA) from a completed three-year (or more) university degree in any discipline (with prerequisites met and studies completed within the last 10 years)
  • Test results in an aptitude test, MCAT or GAMSAT: MCAT test results from January 2014 to May 2016 (inclusive) will be accepted for those applying for the 2017 intake. Applicants sitting the MCAT test more than once within this date range may choose which set of scores to include with their application
  • Structured multi-mini interview (MMI)

Macquarie University subjects in top 100

Macquarie University now features among the world’s elite institutions in 21 of the 42 subjects featured in this year’s QS World University Rankings by Subject. Nine of these subject areas at Macquarie were considered to be in the world’s top 100:

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  • English language and literature
  • Linguistics
  • Psychology
  • Earth and marine sciences
  • Geography
  • Accounting and finance
  • Communication and media studies
  • Education
  • Law

About Macquarie University

Macquarie University is uniquely located in the heart of Australia’s largest high-tech precinct. With more than 300 leading companies located on or around the Macquarie campus, students and staff are able to tap into industry connections that give them an edge in their studies and their careers. Such opportunities will only grow in the coming decades, as the neighbouring high-tech precinct doubles in size to become the fourth largest CBD in Australia behind Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Macquarie was awarded five stars in the international QS Stars rating system for its performance in
  • graduate employability
  • teaching
  • research
  • facilities
  • innovation
  • internationalisation
  • access
  • specialist subjects
Macquarie is one of only five Australian universities to receive 5 stars in all categories. The rating, attained only by truly world-class institutions, reinforces the university’s academic, research and international standing.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

UQ collaborates with Zurich on first international organised crime law course

A group of UQ Law School students has gained insight into corruption, money laundering and human trafficking thanks to an innovative law course in Switzerland this month.

The students participated in the first international crime and comparative criminal law course offered jointly by UQ’s TC Beirne School of Law and the University of Zurich (UZH).

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Staff and students in Zurich (Photo credit: UQ)

Participating UQ student Ellen Wood said each student was required to research and give a 30-minute presentation. Her topic was human trafficking.

“Our topics were all extremely relevant to current world issues, and the professors were so passionate,” she said.

“They were our mentors and I was motivated to learn as much as possible.

“I gained a real interest in examining the world of human trafficking. I have rarely felt so stimulated, determined and challenged.

“It was very interesting hearing from the perspective of the Swiss students and it fuelled class discussion.”

The course was designed to enhance students’ abilities to research and engage with foreign and international legal material, critically analyse legislation and policy, and elaborate practical recommendations for international and national legal developments.

Coordinated by University of Queensland’s Professor Andreas Schloenhardt and UZH’s Professor Frank Meyer, the course brought together 15 students from Brisbane and Zurich to focus on organised crime, including corruption, money laundering and human trafficking.

“Contemporary criminal justice is increasingly influenced by international law and law enforcement,” Professor Schloenhardt said.

“Countries differ in their ways in which this body of law is implemented. This course explores how common law and civil law jurisdictions such as Australia and Switzerland try to combat transnational crime.”

It is a new initiative to foster undergraduate research and learning in an international environment. The next course is expected will be held in Brisbane in early 2017.

Professor Schloenhardt is a visiting professor at the University of Zurich Faculty of Law.

University of Queensland Law School Bachelor of Laws program

Program: Graduate-entry Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years

Entry Requirements
To be eligible to apply to the Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry), you must have the following:
  • Completed or be completing an undergraduate degree
  • Achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average (cGPA) of 75%
It is recommended that you apply for the UQ Law School’s LLB program if you have achieved a minimum cGPA of 75%, as above. Please note that this is a minimum average to be eligible to apply and that your application outcome will be determined by the university. Each applicant’s average is calculated over all years of university study.

LSAT is not required for entry.

University of Newcastle’s Architecture and Built Environment rank well

The University of Newcastle’s  Architecture and Built Environment discipline has ranked in the top 50 in the world, for the second consecutive year in the 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject list, announced last week.

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Three other subjects, geography, engineering (civil and structural) and nursing, joined architecture in the year’s top 100 subject rankings. UON had eight subjects ranked in the world’s top 150 and an overall total of 14 subjects ranked in the world’s top 200.

The annual QS World University Rankings by Subject is a comprehensive guide to the world’s top universities in a range of popular subject areas.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen said the University of Newcastle’s global reputation for excellence in education, research and innovation had resulted in another outstanding performance in the 2016 QS subject rankings.

“UON consistently ranks in the top 300 universities in the world and in the top eight universities in Australia for the number of fields of research ranked as well above world standard in the Excellence in Research Australia assessment.

“We congratulate our Architecture and Built Environment colleagues on another outstanding result. The school has a unique focus on managing, designing and planning for resilience in our built environments and hosts five Architects in Residence, all recipients of the prestigious Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Gold Medal.

“Our School for Architecture and Built Environment is also home to the United Nations International Training Centre for Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery, which builds on our academic strengths in disaster recovery disciplines and which will help our researchers and partners shape cutting-edge programs that make a real difference to communities around the world coping with disasters.

“We are proud that many of our faculties had subjects ranked in the top 200. Our continued success in the QS subject rankings is important for a university which as a global leader works to drive world class innovation with its partners across its regions,” said Professor McMillen.

Melbourne DVM course overview

The Melbourne Veterinary School is one of OzTREKK students’ favourites! If you’re considering applying to Australian veterinary schools, here is a bit about Melbourne to get you started!

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Melbourne DVM

The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) curriculum will assume prior knowledge and experience of scientific thought processes. This will allow for the early introduction of an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to veterinary studies, an approach that provides opportunities for students to apply their understanding to authentic cases, to practice evidence-based decision-making, to solve clinical problems and to acquire clinical competencies in an ordered and sequential way, from the first year of their course. By the time they reach the final year of the DVM, students will be immersed in a community of best practice in the university’s hospital, where the explicit teaching of the lecture
theatre, practical class and tutorial room gives way to peer-to-peer teaching and experiential learning.

The primary aim of the Melbourne DVM curriculum is to graduate highly capable veterinary scientists whose abilities to solve problems, to draw on the substantial body of veterinary knowledge, to interpret evidence, and to make decisions and act upon them within a clear ethical and professional framework embody all of the graduate attributes to which the faculty aspires.

The DVM curriculum has been developed around five learning domains that describe the student’s progressive acquisition of the graduate attributes of a veterinary scientist. These domains or strands, that traverse all subjects of the DVM program, are
  • the scientific basis of clinical practice
  • ethics and animal welfare
  • biosecurity and population health
  • clinical skills, and
  • personal and professional development.
Program: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: Late February/early March
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.

Entry Requirements
Eligible Melbourne DVM applicants must
  • have completed an undergraduate science degree (minimum three-year degree); and
  • have completed prerequisite subjects including at least one semester of study in each of cell biology or general biology, and biochemistry.
  • submit a personal statement (i.e., description of their interest in veterinary science and related experiences with animals).
Acceptable undergraduate science degrees at Canadian universities include science degrees with majors in agriculture, animal science, biochemistry, biomedicine, physiology or zoology.
Selection into the Melbourne DVM will be primarily based on academic achievement. Selection will be based on results (grades) obtained in your final year undergraduate science subjects as well as your second last year (penultimate) undergraduate science subjects, weighted 75:25 toward the final year subjects. Applicants with a 75% average and above should apply.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

University of Queensland ranked among world’s best

The University of Queensland is number one in Australia in two subject areas and among the world’s top 20 in four, a global review published this week confirms.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 places 11 UQ subject areas in the world’s top 30.

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University of Queensland ranked is among world’s best

UQ ranks at number one in Australia in Mineral Resources and Mining Engineering (10th globally) and Environmental Science (12th globally).

The university ranks 17th globally in Agriculture and Forestry and 18th in Education.
UQ’s other QS global top-30 subjects:
  • Psychology (#21)
  • Development Studies #(23)
  • Chemical Engineering (#25 in world / #2 in Australia)
  • Communications and Media Studies (#25 in world / #3 in Australia)
  • Accounting and Finance (#26 in world / #4 in Australia)
  • Veterinary Science (#29 in world / #3 in Australia)
  • Nursing (#30)
Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said UQ’s top-ranked subjects deserved their national and international acclaim.

“It’s fitting that a leading university in a biodiverse and resource-rich nation is among the world’s best in mining and environmental subjects,” he said.

“Our globally strong performance in these subjects is a reflection of UQ’s hard work in areas where we can create change for industry and the environment.”

Professor Høj said it was gratifying that the University of Queensland had high-ranking QS subjects across the wide span of the university’s endeavour.

“UQ’s quality teaching and research takes place across a comprehensive range of top-rated disciplines, with an enviable breadth not enjoyed by all universities,” he said.

“This interdisciplinary strength is a great asset to UQ researchers and students.”

Professor Høj said the QS subject data reflected UQ’s position among the world’s top 50 universities, as ranked in the QS World University Rankings and the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities, and within the top 100 in another five key independent rankings.

QS assessed 42 subject areas in 2016, with 37 UQ subject areas featuring in the top 100.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject, published annually since 2011, highlights the world’s leading institutions in individual subject areas.

This year QS evaluated 4,226 universities in more than 60 countries.

New Pro Dean for Sydney Faculty of Dentistry

Recently welcomed as Pro Dean in the Sydney Faculty of Dentistry, Professor Heiko Spallek has “hit the ground running” in his specialty of dental informatics.

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Pro Dean Sydney Faculty of Dentistry Prof Spallek (Photo credit: University of Sydney)
On March 19, Heiko co-organised with researchers from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, and the Sydney Dental School, the AADR-sponsored conference “Toward a Diagnosis Driven Profession 2016” to discuss the adoption of standardised diagnostic terminologies (DxTMs) by dental professionals to improve oral health.

More than 120 people attended the conference, including stakeholders from the dental insurance industry, dental research, electronic health record manufacturers, professional organisations including the American Dental Association and the funding agency NIH.

Sydney Doctor of Dental Medicine

The Sydney DMD is a graduate-entry program that has been purposefully designed to adhere to the well-rounded course structure of the North American postgraduate model, but has also maintained the sophisticated clinical training for which the university has come to be renowned, giving students an applicable knowledge of dental health from the community to the laboratory.

Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years

Application deadline: TBA. For the 2016 intake, the application deadline was July 6, 2015

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Melbourne International Postgraduate Coursework Awards

International Postgraduate Coursework Award

The International Postgraduate Coursework Award (IPCA) was established by the University of Melbourne and is awarded to high achieving international students undertaking a graduate coursework degree.

University of Melbourne International Postgraduate Coursework Awards
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The university normally offers around 28 scholarships each year. Eligible candidates are selected on the basis of academic merit.


The scholarship provides fee remissions of between 25% and 100% of tuition fees for the duration of your course.


To be considered for this scholarship, you must
  • be a citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand and not a permanent resident of Australia;
  • have applied for an eligible graduate coursework degree,
  • be commencing study at the University of Melbourne for the first time;
  • not be in receipt of any other tuition fee remission scholarship or sponsorship which, in combination with the IPCA, exceeds 100% of tuition fees; and
  • not have received any other scholarship provided by the Australian Government in the last 2 years.
Eligible graduate coursework degrees include
  • any master degree by coursework offered by the Melbourne Business School, Melbourne School of Design and Melbourne School of Engineering
  • Master of Science in Botany, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Genetics, Geography, Mathematics & Statistics, Physics or Zoology, Master of Urban Horticulture and the Master of Forest Ecosystems offered by the Faculty of Science
  • Master of Teaching offered by the Melbourne Graduate School of Education
  • Executive Master of Arts offered by the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Melbourne Law Masters offered by the Melbourne Law School
You do not need to submit an application for this scholarship. Students who have received an unconditional offer for an eligible graduate coursework degree will be automatically considered for an International Postgraduate Coursework Award.

Successful candidates are advised of the outcome by email.

Bond Business student wins Prize for Excellence in Actuarial Science

Bond University student James Todd has received the first ever Queensland Treasury Prize for Excellence in actuarial science.

In 2015 Bond University embarked on becoming the first university in Queensland to receive accreditation to deliver undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in actuarial science.

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Bond student James Todd receives first-ever Queensland Treasury Prize for Excellence in Actuarial Science (Photo credit: Bond University)

Treasury backed the venture by offering industry advice, internships to students and an annual cash prize award for the best performing student.

Presented by Queensland Treasury’s State Actuary Wayne Cannon at a recent Bond Business School Dean’s Awards ceremony, the accolade and a $1,000 cash prize went to James—the highest achieving undergraduate of 2015.

“James exemplifies the high standards that both Queensland Treasury and the State Actuary’s Office aspire to achieve,” Wayne said.

This is a sentiment echoed by James, who explained, “I am very proud of what I have managed to achieve, and incredibly honoured to be recognised for my hard work by Queensland Treasury.”

Actuaries are experts in risk management, who apply analytical, statistical and mathematical skills to help measure the probability and risk of future events. They are able to provide realistic solutions to complex problems with a long-term view.

Because actuaries are in such short supply, with only around 2,000 practising in Australia, the role is in high demand.

“Queensland Treasury is looking forward to employing our first intern in the near future and we are excited about what the future holds for the profession,” Wayne said.

Actuarial Science at Bond University Business School

Actuaries are business professionals who combine the elements of economics, finance, statistics and advanced mathematics to interpret, manage and evaluate risk. The Master of Actuarial Science is an innovative and immersive program that combines advanced mathematics, statistics, data analytics, actuarial risk theory, finance, economics and accounting subjects with large-scale, real-life commercial data analysis.

The Master of Actuarial Science will prepare students for rewarding careers in a range of disciplines, including climatology, finance, health, insurance, research, safety, science and technology.

Program: Master of Actuarial Science
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Duration: 1.3 years (4 semesters)
Semester intakes: January, May, September

Upcoming Griffith Law School webinar

Interested in a career in law? Then you’re invited to the upcoming Griffith Law School webinar!


During this webinar, Griffith Law School Deputy Head of School Associate Professor Therese Wilson will about studying law at Griffith and the graduate-entry Bachelor of Laws program.

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Griffith Law School Deputy Head of School Associate Professor Therese Wilson (Photo: Griffith University)

Date:  Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Time: 9 p.m. EST (Toronto) / 6 p.m. PST (Vancouver)

This is a great opportunity for future students to find out more about
  • Griffith Law School
  • Law degrees available
  • Admissions requirements
  • Program structure
  • Application deadlines
  • Accreditation
  • Life on campus
  • and much more!
To register for this webinar, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at

About the Griffith Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry)

The Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry) at Griffith Law School offers a professional legal curriculum that focuses on core areas of legal practice and the legal skills that lawyers must have. You will have the opportunity to choose law electives based on your interests, including clinical courses that emphasise practical legal skills, insights and experience.

You can also double your career options, without doubling your study time, by completing a double degree. You’ll study two Griffith degrees simultaneously, giving you the career advantage of a special combination of skills.
  • Laws/Arts
  • Laws/Business
  • Laws/Commerce
  • Laws/Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Laws/Government and International Relations
  • Laws/International Business
  • Laws/Psychological Science
  • Laws/Science (Environment)
Canadian Law Electives
The following courses are taught in Year 3 as optional electives to assist students who wish to return to Canada to practice:
  • Foundations of Canadian Law
  • Canadian Criminal Law
  • Canadian Constitutional Law
  • Canadian Administrative Law
  • Canadian Legal Professional Responsibility
Students who have completed these courses as electives at Griffith are able to undertake the corresponding NCA exams on the Gold Coast.

Program: Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Clinical training for UQ medical and allied health students get a boost

Clinical training for University of Queensland medical and allied health students will be boosted with the opening of student training centres this week at the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee and Redland hospitals.

UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj said the new facilities would revolutionise training practices at the hospitals and offer more clinical placement opportunities for students.

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The QEII Jubilee Hospital in Brisbane’s south (Photo credit: UQ)

“Working with our hospital partners at Redland and QEII Jubilee hospitals, these purpose-built centres will allow us to train more students and offer greater flexibility in how that training is delivered,” Professor Høj said.

“Rooms are equipped with high-speed internet services and video-conferencing, allowing the centres to fully support remote teaching and enable staff and students to actively engage in knowledge exchange with our other local and offshore clinical schools.”

The training centres have been built with $2.2 million from the Federal Government Health Workforce Australia Fund and $1.15 million from UQ, on hospital campus sites provided by the State Government’s Metro South Hospital and Health Service.

About 300 UQ medical students rotate through the Redland and QEII Jubilee hospitals each year for specialist training in medicine, surgery, gynaecology and critical care disciplines.

A further 100 students from other UQ schools rotate through the sites for clinical training in areas such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and pharmacy.

UQ School of Medicine head Professor Darrell Crawford said both QEII and Redland hospitals lacked dedicated teaching areas for students and office space for academic and administrative staff before the training centres were built.

He said the construction of the centres was only possible due to the excellent partnership between the university and the hospital executive teams.

“Training medical students would not be possible without close relationships between the university and our health sector partners like the QEII and Redland Hospital executive and the Metro South Hospital and Health Service,” Professor Crawford said.

“UQ is acutely aware of the support we receive from hospitals and partners in the health sector, and acknowledge that students in medicine and allied health professions would not receive high-quality clinical training without them.

“We thank them for giving students the opportunity to integrate into a clinical environment and to apply what they learn in classrooms to a real-life setting.

“I am enormously proud of the professionalism of the students we are jointly educating, and know that our community will reap the benefits of well-trained graduates.”

Sydney Computer Engineering study warns of the rise of artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence must be kept under human control or we may become defenceless against its capabilities, warn two University of Sydney machine-learning experts.

Professor Dong Xu, Chair in Computer Engineering from the Sydney School of Electrical and Information Engineering said the defeat of the world champion Go player has raised fresh concerns about the future role of artificial intelligence (AI) devices.

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The professor, whose research interests include computer vision, machine-learning and multimedia content analysis, says the question now is how much we should control AI’s ability to self-learn.

“The scientists and technology investors have been enthusiastic about AI for several years, but the triumph of the supercomputer has finally made the public conscious of its capabilities. This marks a significant breakthrough in the technology world,” Professor Xu said.

“Supercomputers are more powerful than the human mind. Competitive games such as Go or chess are actually all about rules  —they are easy for a computer. Once a computer grasps them, it will become very good at playing the games.”

Professor Xu said “The problem is that computers like AlphaGo aren’t good at the overall strategy, but they are good at partial ones because they search better within a smaller area. This explains why AI will often lag behind in the beginning but catches up later.

“A human player can be affected by emotions such as pressure or happiness, but a computer will not.

“It’s said that a person is able to memorise a thousand games in a year, but a computer can memorise tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands during the same period. And a supercomputer can always improve—if it loses one game, then it would analyse it and do better next time.

“If a super computer could totally imitate the human brain, and have human emotions such as being angry or sad, it will be even more dangerous.”

Currently, AI is good for the labour-intensive industries and can work as human substitutes to serve the public interest. They can clean, work as agricultural robots in the fields, or probe deep underground.

“Another challenge is that AI needs a more intelligent environment. For instance, self-driven automobiles often can’t recognise a red light, so if the traffic lights could send a signal to the cars and they could sense them, it would solve the problem. Singapore is making an effort to build an area with roads that are friendly or responsive to self-driven vehicles.”

Professor Xu believes it is crucial for companies such as Google and Facebook to set up “moral and ethics committees” to take control to ensure scientific research won’t head in the wrong direction and create machines that act maliciously.

Dr Michael Harre, a senior lecturer in complex systems who spent several years studying the AI behind the ancient Chinese board game, said “Go is probably the most complicated game that is commonly played today. Even when compared to chess, which has a very large number of possible patterns, Go has more possible patterns than there are atoms in the universe.

“The technology has developed to a point that it can now outsmart a human in both simple and complex tasks. This is a concern because artificial intelligence technology may reach a point in a few years where it is feasible that it could be adapted to areas of defence where a human may no longer be needed in the control loop: truly autonomous AI.”

Global Sports Law Moot at Bond University

As the problem of doping in sport continues to be widely debated, Bond University Law School students were prepared to tackle the issue head on in the annual Global Sports Law Moot, against law students from the prestigious Universite Paris 13, part of the Sorbonne University in Paris, France.

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Paralympic swimming gold medallist and Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) legal counsel Annabelle Williams (Photo: Bond University)

Paralympic swimming gold medallist and Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) legal counsel Annabelle Williams was one of three judges adjudicating the bilingual moot on March 16.

The multi-talented lawyer and sportswoman, who was born with a congenital limb deficiency leaving her without a lower left arm, graduated with a double degree in law and international relations from Bond University in 2013.

The international virtual mooting competition was held in Bond University’s Global Links Room, a state-of-the-art multimedia learning space featuring dual screen web and video conferencing facilities, enabling the Bond University team to compete with the Universite Paris 13 students, based in Paris, in real-time.

Professor Jim Corkery of the Bond Faculty of Law, said the Global Sports Law Moot was an intellectually demanding exercise designed to put students on the world stage through the most global of activities – sport.

“This is the only competition of its kind in the world. It is a prime example of the globalisation of education on the Gold Coast, particular here at Bond University,” said Professor Corkery.

“Students simulate the international Court of Arbitration for Sport and argue on the issue of doping in sport, which has recently gained much attention in relation to high-profile athletes Maria Sharapova and, before her, Lance Armstrong.

“To have such a sports star and role model like Annabelle Williams here to adjudicate the competition is a privilege and pleasure. As part of the global Olympic movement, Annie brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience to the judging panel.”

Bond Law School Juris Doctor

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. Students from Canada should apply early, particularly if they are seeking entry for a September intake.

Entry Requirements
  • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline in order to apply to the Bond JD  program. Students who have not yet completed a bachelor degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing the program.
  • Two reference letters are required.
  • Applicants who have a cumulative average of 70% or above should apply to the program.
In common with most other Australian Law Schools, Bond does not use the LSAT as an entry criterion.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy prerequisites

The Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT) requires prerequisite subjects in human anatomy and in human physiology (one subject of each), with prerequisite subjects to have completed within 10 years of commencing the Doctor of Physiotherapy. For example, if applying for the 2017 intake then prerequisite subjects must have been completed from 2007 onward.

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If Melbourne has previously assessed your course as equivalent to their prerequisite requirements, it will be listed on the Melbourne International Prerequisites page ( If you do not see your courses on this list, you will have to submit your course outlines to the university.

You may check the courses you have taken to date by clicking on the “International” link under the heading “List of assessed subjects and courses” on the Melbourne International Prerequisites page.

What information does Melbourne need to assess your subjects?


The minimum amount of information the University of Melbourne requires to assess your subjects:
  • Subject / course name and code
  • Institution / university where it is taught
  • Specific lecture content/breakdown (for the relevant year studied)
  • Assessment criteria
  • Credit value of subject / course
  • Contact hours of lectures, tutorials and labs
  • Length of subject / course
  • Reading list
  • Lab descriptions, including details of resources used – for Anatomy, please state whether human cadaveric material was used

Must I have my subjects assessed before applying for a course?

If your subjects have not been previously assessed, it is strongly recommended that your subjects be assessed well in advance of applying. Prospective applicants for the Doctor of Physiotherapy should submit documentation through the Melbourne webform for assessment by May 5, 2016 if you wish to apply to the 2017 intake. This will ensure you are advised of the outcome before the closing date for applications.

About the Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy

The Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy is Australia’s first three-year entry to practice graduate master’s-level program. Physiotherapy graduates will have the opportunity to pursue a career in a range of health settings, including hospitals, private practice, sporting and rehabilitation facilities, community organizations or as an advisor to government or industry bodies. This degree provides opportunities for pursuing employment globally.

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: June 2, 2016 (first round); July 28, 2016 (second round)

JCU helps eastern quolls to return to Australian mainland

A senior James Cook University academic is helping catch eastern quolls in Tasmania as part of a project to bring the animal back to the mainland after more than 60 years of extinction.

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Eastern quoll (Photo credit: JCU)

Professor Iain Gordon, JCU’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Division of Tropical Environments and Societies, said the animals will be released into the Mulligans Flat woodland sanctuary near Canberra.

“These first individuals will form part of a long-term project to restore the native small mammal community that used to thrive in this area,” he said.

Quolls were once widespread in south-eastern Australia, but were wiped out by introduced foxes and cats, disease, habitat loss and human intervention. Tasmania is now the only place the animal can be found in the wild.

Professor Gordon said Australia holds the dubious honour of having lost many of its small mammal species from the mainland since European settlement. “We’ve been involved in restoring many species into a protected area in the ACT; now it’s time to reintroduce the quoll, a small predator that is in effect at the top of the food chain, when cats and foxes are kept at bay.”

Eastern quolls were last seen in the Sydney region in 1956. They have not been seen in the Canberra region for 80 years.

Professor Adrian Manning from the Australian National University’s Fenner School of Environment and Society said it was the first such translocation of wild eastern quolls on the Australian mainland.

“Our aim is not just to establish a healthy and diverse population of eastern quolls but also to undertake critical research to understand the best way to introduce the species to improve success in future reintroductions on the mainland,” he said.

The quolls are fitted with radio-tracking collars to allow researchers to do regular health checks and monitor their breeding and habitat requirements.

The eastern quoll reintroduction is part of a $1.8 million Australian Research Council Linkage Project Bringing back biodiversity—a research partnership between the ACT Government, ANU, CSIRO and James Cook University.

The Tasmanian Department of Primary Industry, Parks, Water and the Environment and the Mt Rothwell Biodiversity Interpretation Centre are major partners in the translocation project. The Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary is managed in partnership between the ACT Government and the Woodland and Wetland Trust.

Master of Science (Tropical Biology and Conservation)

In this 1.5-year JCU science program, all aspects of theoretical and applied ecology are considered, making full use of the wide variety of natural tropical environments surrounding JCU including savannahs, rainforests, wetlands, and coastal marine habitats.

These tropical biology programs offer a wide range of electives. Students can structure their courses to specialize in the ecology of rainforests, savannah, tropical freshwater systems, tropical wildlife, or tropical insects.

Entry requirements: Completion of a Bachelor of Science

Activity monitoring devices could become instrumental in cardiac rehabilitation

Cardiovascular researchers from the University of Sydney have found that Fitbit, the popular physical activity monitoring device, is a valid and reliable way of monitoring physical activity for cardiac patients.

Published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, the study found that Fitbit-Flex accurately identified whether patients met physical activity guideline recommendations, such as number of steps per day.

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Physical activity has been proven to aid cardiovascular health

“The use of devices such as Fitbit offers valuable data for clinicians and researchers working in cardiac rehabilitation programs to monitor, evaluate and encourage their patient’s physical activity levels,” said senior author Professor Robyn Gallagher, from the university’s Charles Perkins Centre and Sydney Nursing School.

“Physical activity is a major component in a cardiac rehabilitation program and is key to a patient’s recovery from coronary heart disease (CHD).

“A substantial body of evidence shows that an increase in physical activity levels results in significant improvements in many well-known CHD risk factors including obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, insulin resistance and psychological health.

“Physical activity appears to prevent heart disease from progressing so is the cornerstone of prevention of further cardiac events,” she said.

Whilst Fitbit-Flex is one of the most popular wearable devices currently available to measure physical activity, very little research has been conducted on its accuracy.

To ascertain the reliability of Fitbit devices and evaluate their effectiveness for monitoring the physical activity of cardiac patients, the researchers evaluated 48 patients and family members participating in community-based exercise programs. The 48 participants wore the device over four days to monitor daily step counts and minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA).

Lead author Muaddi Alharbi, undertaking this work for his PhD, said that these devices are more accurate and useful than standard pedometers because they detect different types of activity and can transmit information real-time to patients and staff.

“Fitbit provides a good patient-doctor partnership and helps doctors and clinicians to work with patients more effectively, leading to better treatments and outcomes,” he said.

“Activity tracking offers researchers and clinicians the potential to influence physical activity behaviour change in their patients in order to maximise their recovery.”

The study was conducted by University of Sydney researchers Professor Robyn Gallagher, Muaddi Alharbi, Professor Adrian Bauman and Dr Lis Neubeck.

Study Nursing at the University of Sydney

Program: Master of Nursing
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Duration: 2 years

Entry Requirements
A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Nursing
  • will hold a bachelor degree in a discipline other than nursing; and
  • will perform satisfactorily in an interview; and
  • will perform satisfactorily on an admissions test.
Applicants who successfully meet the admission criteria will receive a conditional offer and an invitation to undertake an interview and literacy and numeracy tests. Literacy and numeracy tests for international students will be undertaken online and interviews will be held via Skype.

Macquarie University international scholarships

What does the Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship cover?

Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship is a partial scholarship for undergraduate and postgraduate studies, the amount is varied up to AUD$10,000 and it will be applied towards your tuition fee.

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Priority areas: Engineering, Environment, Human Science, Media, Linguistics, and Education.

Application Deadline – June 29, 2016


The Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships do not provide financial support in the form of a living allowance, nor does it provide for the cost of visa application, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), airfares, accommodation, conferences or other costs associated with study.

The Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship is a single scholarship and not available to be renewed. Please note that applicants can only receive one scholarship.

Applicants applying for the Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship will not be required to submit a referee’s report or a statement of purpose. Once you have completed the online scholarship application form, a confirmation email will be sent to you at your nominated email address. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Degree: Master of Environment (Environmental Management)
Duration: 1 – 2 years
Semester intakes: February and July

The Master of Environment offers an interdisciplinary approach to environmental management. A major focus of the degree is to teach you how to work with people from different disciplinary perspectives in order to find environmental solutions.
You will study areas such as
  • sustainable development;
  • environmental decision making;
  • environmental management and analysis; and
  • environmental law.


Degree: Master of Engineering
Duration: 1 – 2 years
Semester intakes: February and July

The program covers key areas of professional electronics engineering systems design, delivery and management, including:
  • Very Large Scale Integration Algorithms and Systems
  • High Performance Integrated Circuit Design
  • Reconfigured Electronics
  • Telecommunications Performance Analysis
  • Hetrogeneous Networks, Theory and Practice


Degree: Master of Applied Linguistics
Duration: 1 – 2 years
Semester intakes: February and July

It is internationally relevant and focuses on the development of analytic skills and understanding the complex relationship between language use and context, and research in these areas. The degree is designed to allow candidates to study a broad range of topics within the area of Applied Linguistics. In particular, the degree has been designed to provide a strong theoretical and practical foundation in the field of teaching English as a second or foreign language.


Degree: Bachelor of Education (Primary or Secondary)
Duration: 2 years full time
Semester intake: February

The Macquarie School of Education is committed to an academic, research-based approach to teacher education. At the core of Macquarie’s approach to teacher education is the concept of the scholar-teacher, one who is flexible, responsive to academic needs, reflective, open-minded, confident and adaptable.

Friday, March 18, 2016

JCU City Campus celebrates first anniversary and plans to expand

Increasing demand for more study areas at James Cook University’s City Campus in Townsville has seen JCU expand into the second floor of the Flinders Street building.

On March 16, JCU celebrated the first birthday of the opening of its innovative, multi-use campus in the heart of the city.

JCU Townsville City Campus (Photo: JCU Media)

The nearly 1000sqm Townsville City Campus is a four-storey, teaching, engagement and student services centre located in the City Arcade development.

John Chandler, JCU’s Manager of External Relations and the City Campus, said students’ reaction to the campus had been extremely positive.

“There has been a clear demand for a separate study area to accommodate the growing numbers of students using the facility,” Mr Chandler said.

“Given this feedback, we are outfitting another floor of the building to be a dedicated student study area. This area will include high-speed WiFi, computers and study spaces that enable peer-to-peer interactions as well as private study.”

Mr Chandler said this addition was projected to be ready for the second half of the year. “The fit-out of level two will be undertaken by local contractors as part of an ongoing effort by JCU to support the local economy.”

The open plan format will consist of comfortable lounge areas for quiet study, collaborative meeting spaces for small groups and a large number of individual study spaces complete with student computers. Level two will complement the existing student facilities and will have the same operating hours: currently 7:30 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.

The space will be “tech enabled,” with built-in USB chargers housed in all general power outlets for charging of tablets, mobile phones and other portable devices.

Mr Chandler said JCU was keen to contribute to the vibrancy of the CBD and had scheduled regular classes at the City Campus, both undergraduate and postgraduate, including several MBA classes.

“The central location has presented a number of benefits for JCU students involved in weekend classes as they enjoy the growing range of hospitality and accommodation options in the city,” he said.

“Certainly, the success of City Lane has helped the City Campus development and utilisation by intensive subject students.

“It is also interesting to note that a growing number of postgraduate research candidates and coursework students choose to live near The Strand or CBD so the City campus has become a favourite study option for those who are flexible with their study location. The bonus is that it also provides a service point for these current students.

“The JCU City Campus Welcome Lounge provides the community with a very central site for prospective students to interact with the University,” Mr Chandler said.

“During civic events there is a noticeable increase in interactions at the facility and over time we expect that school students and their parents will make more use of the space to explore the available brochures and ask questions about entry requirements for courses and QTAC applications.”

The James Cook University City campus has many other uses:
  • The Conflict Management and Resolution program is now taught out of the City Campus, allowing easier accessibility for professionals working in the city and those travelling through.
  • The Law program utilised the Moot Court in its undergraduate teaching, mooting competition and interactions with industry including the student placements program and training—all in close proximity to local courts.
  • Local law professionals use the space for events linked with Law Week.
  • The Queensland Police Service uses the Moot Court as a training facility for its recruits undertaking court room training.
  • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand have used the space for exam preparation workshops for graduate accounting students undertaking their professional qualifications.
  • Townsville Chamber of Commerce and Young Chamber use the City Campus for ‘Mixer’ and ‘Mentor Blaze’ events to connect students with industry partners.
  • CPA quarterly and Regional Development Australia meetings have been held at the City Campus.
  • The Australian Business Deans Council, Professional Resource Managers Network inaugural meeting will be held at the City Campus next month.
  • Was used as a TEDx satellite area via live-streaming last year

Don’t forget the UQ Pharmacy webinar March 21

On Monday, March 21, UQ Pharmacy Professor Greg Monteith will be hosting an online seminar for anyone interested in learning more about studying at UQ Pharmacy School.

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UQ Pharmacy Prof Monteith
This webinar will be designed to give students more detailed information about the UQ Pharmacy School and its state-of-the-art facilities, pharmacy program placements, graduate outcomes, and credit transfers.

Date: Monday, March 21, 2016
Time: 8 p.m. (Ontario) 5 p.m. (BC)

About Professor Greg Monteith

After completing his pharmacy studies in Australia and working in Baltimore (USA), Greg took an academic appointment at the UQ School of Pharmacy, and is known for his interactive lectures. Greg’s research team withing the Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence (PACE) at UQ seeks to identify and characterize novel therapeutic targets for the treatment of cancer. A particular focus of his research group is the identification of new drug targets for breast cancer subtypes for which there are few effective therapies and the prognosis is poor.

Did you know you can apply for credit transfers?

Many international students with prior study (especially those with a science background) are able to enter directly into year 2 of the Bachelor of Pharmacy. If credit is awarded students can undertake an additional course in their first and second semester of enrollment and complete the program in 3 years.

UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: November 15, 2016

Monash University at the forefront of consumer rights in public health

World Consumer Rights Day (March 15) is an annual occasion for celebration and solidarity within the international consumer movement—a movement that is vital in public health and medicine. The theme for 2016 is antibiotic resistance.

Monash University’s Adjunct Associate Professor Ken Harvey has been involved in combating antibiotic resistance for over 30 years. He was a founding member, and at various times author, Chair of the Antibiotic Writing Group and Board Member of Therapeutic Guidelines Limited. Recognising that pharmaceutical promotion was also a driving force for inappropriate antibiotic use, he has also been a prolific campaigner for truth in drug advertising.

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What’s the truth in drug advertising?

Dr Harvey is an organiser and speaker at a seminar on the Advertising of Therapeutic Goods and Services to be held at the University of Sydney on March 17, 2016; one of a series of events celebrating WCRD.

“The seminar will explore the number of current policy issues associated with the advertising of therapeutic goods and services in Australia that warrant debate,” Associate Professor Harvey said.

Associate Professor Harvey, from the Monash University School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, has a long-standing research interest in medicinal drug policy and, more recently the promotion of complementary and alternative medicine.

“Few consumers understand that most complementary medicines (labelled AUST L) are not evaluated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration to see if they work. In addition, there are no effective sanctions for misleading promotion,” Associate Professor Harvey said.

He said that the escalating use of vitamins and supplements represents a triumph of marketing hype over science and that mandatory labelling of complementary medicines (‘this product has not been evaluated by Australian health authorities to see if it works’), as well as legislation for timely and meaningful sanctions for advertising violations should be introduced.

“There is also a need for increased and better targeted post-marketing surveillance and reporting by the Therapeutic Goods Administration,” Associate Professor Harvey said.

In addition, there is concern that some groups of health professionals have uncritically embraced diagnostic and therapeutic modalities that lack evidence and put consumers at risk.  At the forthcoming seminar, Associate Professor Harvey will present a case study of unlawful advertising claims made by chiropractic clinics and the belated response by the Chiropractic Board of Australia to address such claims.

The School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash has organised and supported the seminar together with the University of Sydney, the Foundation for Effective Markets and Governance, Choice (Australian Consumers’ Organisation) and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Civil society organisations represented include the Consumers Health Forum, Friends of Science in Medicine, Australian Skeptics, Doctors Reform Society and Stop the Australian (Anti) Vaccination Network.

Monash University Public Health School

With diverse leadership, across four campuses, the Monash University School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine is the faculty’s principal source of skills in epidemiology (including clinical epidemiology), biostatistics and large scale clinical data-management.  The school emphasizes expertise in large epidemiological studies, multicentre clinical trials, clinical registries, evidence synthesis and health social science.

The Master of Public Health a 12-unit public health program provides students with the full range of quantitative, analytical and communication skills necessary to work in the broad domain of public health. It especially focuses on developing skills in the quantitative methods of the population-based health sciences and their problem-solving application for primary care provision both in Australia and for developing countries.

Health specialisation streams are offered in
  • Clinical Research Methods
  • Health Economics
  • Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Health Services Management
  • International Health
  • Occupational and Environmental Health
  • Research
Program: Master of Public Health
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 1.5 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

Entry Requirements: Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree. With an application, students should also submit a 250-word statement of purpose outlining their area of interest and the reason why they would like to complete the course, and an updated curriculum vitae/resume outlining relevant work experience.

Nanoscience and technology institute launching at University of Sydney

Cross-disciplinary institute and flagship $150m building cements Sydney’s place advancing frontier knowledge.

The Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, launching next month, provides a world-leading environment for scientists at the forefront of nanotechnology to address some of the biggest challenges facing society. A recent issue of the Sydney Morning Herald featured an insight into the university’s “quantum leap” into the next frontier.

The Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, which launches next month at the University of Sydney, brings together in a purpose-built facility the capacity to design, fabricate, measure, test and deploy nanotechnology innovations—in an Australian first.

The new $150m Sydney Nanoscience Hub—the headquarters of the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology—is among the most advanced laboratories for advanced measurement and experimental device demonstration globally built for this purpose and joins just a handful of facilities at some of the most prominent universities globally.

Available for public use will be a prototyping facility and cleanroom, which will be augmented by a bespoke electron microscope in one of the most electromagnetically and mechanically stable environments in the world.

The Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology officially launches on April 20, 2016. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

University of Melbourne medicine and dentistry prerequisites

What are University of Melbourne medicine and dentistry prerequisites?

A prerequisite subject is a subject or sequence of subjects which must be completed before entering a course of study. Many programs at the University of Melbourne have prerequisite subjects that must be completed in order to be eligible to apply. The selection requirements for the course you are interested in will normally specify these requirements.

University of Melbourne medicine and dentistry prerequisites
Study at the University of Melbourne

The Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Dental Surgery require prerequisite subjects in anatomy, biochemistry and physiology taught at the second-year level, or equivalent, with prerequisite subjects to have completed within 10 years of commencing the Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Dental Surgery. For example, if applying for the 2017 intake then prerequisite subjects must have been completed from 2007 onward.

The university has assessed a large number of subjects from international and Australian universities. If the subjects you have studied are not included in the Melbourne prerequisite list, you will need to submit detailed course outlines to Melbourne to be assessed. The university will also assess combinations of subjects if you feel that you have covered the required content.

If Melbourne has previously assessed your course as equivalent to their prerequisite requirements, it will be listed on the Melbourne International Prerequisites page ( If you do not see your courses on this list, you will have to submit your course outlines to the university.

You may check the courses you have taken to date by clicking on the “International” link under the heading “List of assessed subjects and courses” on the Melbourne International Prerequisites page.

What information does Melbourne need to assess your subjects?

The minimum amount of information the University of Melbourne requires to assess your subjects:
  • Subject / course name and code
  • Institution / university where it is taught
  • Specific lecture content/breakdown (for the relevant year studied)
  • Assessment criteria
  • Credit value of subject / course
  • Contact hours of lectures, tutorials and labs
  • Length of subject / course
  • Reading list
  • Lab descriptions, including details of resources used – for Anatomy, please state whether human cadaveric material was used

Must I have my subjects assessed before applying for a course?

If your subjects have not been previously assessed, it is strongly recommended that your subjects be assessed well in advance of applying. Prospective applicants for the MD or DDS  should submit documentation through the Melbourne webform for assessment by May 5, 2016 if you wish to apply to the 2017 intake. This will ensure you are advised of the outcome before the closing date for applications.

Note: Submissions received after this date will be processed but applicants will not receive advice about the outcome of the request until after the closing date for applications.

UQ audiology research focuses on hearing loss in children

Research from the University of Queensland could help address one of the most common disorders in children: hearing loss in the middle ear.

Associate Professor Wayne Wilson said the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences had several exciting initiatives in the field of audiology.

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UQ research shows up to 20 per cent of students can have mild or worse problems from middle ear dysfunction (Photo credit: UQ)

“Recent research suggests that, on any given day in class, up to 20 per cent of students can have mild or worse problems from middle ear dysfunction,” Dr Wilson said.

“Picking up these problems from birth is not something that’s been done accurately in the past and we tend to only unearth those with substantial hearing problems that cannot be fixed.

“But currently UQ has Associate Professor Joseph Kei leading the way in this field by using new technology to more accurately identify middle ear dysfunction.

“It will take three to five years for this technology to transition from a research tool into wider clinical availability, but it is on its way.”

Dr Kei has pioneered wideband absorbance technology that efficiently and reliably identifies problems in infants.

Standard tools used to determine the middle ear status of children have been found to be insensitive to different types of middle ear disorders.

Infant testing until now has also been hit-and-miss at revealing where exactly trouble spots are located.

Dr Wilson and colleague Professor Andrew Bradley have also been working on increasing the efficiency of hearing tests in newborns.

“Our project has been an accelerated auditory brain scan that shortens the current process for babies from minutes down to seconds,” Dr Wilson said.

“That might not sound like much, but over the course of a year, that’s a significant improvement in efficiency. It then allows time for more comprehensive testing, rather than just a basic diagnosis.”

Audiology Clinic visits two or three Queensland schools each week under the direction of Clinic Manager Joshua Flett, screening dozens of children at a time.

Master of Audiology Studies at the University of Queensland

Program: Master of Audiology Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: September 29, 2016

There are 10 places available in the program each year for international students, including students from Canada. Offers will be made to applicants with the highest academic rank.

To be eligible to apply, you must have
  • completed an undergraduate degree (preferably in the fields of health, education, social, physical or biological sciences); and
  • achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.00 on a 7-point scale in your university studies (see below for further explanation).
Please note that the above criteria are minimum requirements. Entry is competitive and the selection process is based on grade point average (GPA).

Students who have not yet completed an undergraduate degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing UQ Audiology program.